5Week old silkie chick very poorly any help appreciated

corlie

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Apr 25, 2013
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We've had our silkie mum and chicks for 4 weeks, My daughter has picked one up and by accident dropped it. She's held them lots before and usually when she bends to let them go they flap but this time this one didn't. (sorry i'm rambling) she dropped him and he can't wait bare, he tried to walk a little. We've seperated him put him in a warm box lots of food and water but he's just sat there, his breathing looks struggled, his eyes are shutting has anyone any advice. He can move his legs when we picked him up but is just sat there now.
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Corlie so sorry to hear about your chick. Anything could have broken inside or even dislocated. It was good that you separated him from the others and added heat. When birds become injured, they can go into shock. Shock can kill them faster than the ailment. The first thing that happens when they do go into shock is the get really cold. So turn up the heat to about 85 or 90 degrees F. (or for Celsius, 29.5 to 32.2 Celsius) Make sure he is eating. So feed him anything he will eat...hard boiled eggs, warm oatmeal, warm corn grits, etc...Many times they will have no interest in chick starter when they are ailing. Same with drinking...dip his beak in the water a few times a day to help him stay hydrated.

Don't mess with him otherwise and keep him in a quiet part of the house. Away from human traffic. All you can do is wait to see if he heals or not. And of course if he is suffering badly, he should be put down.

So sorry.
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corlie

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Or thanks so much two crows, unfortunatley our little chicken died but at least not suffering, horrible losing one but thanks so much for your advice i hope we wont need it again, but thank you x
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